Likely as a bit of a dig at Apple and the iPhone ecosystem, a day before Apple reveals their latest updates to the iPhone line of devices Qualcomm posted about some of the “firsts” the company has achieved for Android devices. Some of these pre-date their adoption by Apple and some may still be exclusive […]
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Last weekend's Pokémon Go Fest did not go well, with technical issues and cell coverage problems preventing many players from participating at the event's Chicago location in Grant Park. Afterward, the game's makers refunded players and offere…
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If you have never been a subscriber to Google’s Play Music or YouTube Red services, Google is hoping to lure you into giving them a try with a slightly better trial period than normal. Usually new subscribers can get 2 months of either service for free before the monthly charges kick in. However, the Google Play […]
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Sure, the Essential Phone might be struggling to be legally released in the United States, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get hyped up over some early camera samples. Some clips from the phone’s 360-degree camera have been making their way to Essential’s own YouTube channel, so you can check out just what the accessory […]
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Alcatel is getting a new device ready in their Idol series of smartphones, which should be marketed as the Idol 5. The device showed up in the past few days in the Geekbench database revealing both some specs for the mid-range smartphone and some insight as to how companies continue to tweak and improve their […]
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Apple has recognized that some of its earliest Apple Watches have been affected by swollen batteries, and will provide these owners with two years of service that extend beyond the one-year limited warranty.
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We’ve been hearing about the HTC Ocean for a few months now, desperately hoping that it can make up for the fairly disappointing HTC U Ultra. A new report has surfaced that suggests the phone will become official in April, and yes, it should be a pretty big deal. The Ocean will officially be known […]
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Scientists in Germany have discovered a protein that can prompt the body’s blood stem cells to act young again, potentially reversing some of the bad aspects of the aging process.
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You don’t need to spend your entire paycheck to outfit your kitchen with some of the latest-and-greatest tech. Here are some of the best devices to be had for under $ 50, whether you’re a rice junkie or a wine lover.
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Meet the Raybaby, branded as the world’s only non-contact health and sleep monitor. The device promises to constantly monitor your child’s breathing and sleeping, and keep you informed via a companion app.
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When Netflix isn't commissioning award-winning programming and movies, some members of its team dedicate some of their time to building fun little projects. We've already The Switch, a Netflix and Chill button that can automatically dim the lights, a…
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It’s been a few days since the dust settled around the Fitbit/Pebble acquisition, and we were left with one less smartwatch manufacturer in the market. What we didn’t get out of the buyout, however, is what Fitbit was planning on doing with the assets that it acquired from the now-defunct Pebble. Pebble made smartwatches first […]
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Google has announced that it is shutting down Android Wear’s Together watch face, which is the company’s version of Apple’s Digital Touch. Some of the features of the Together watch face will be integrated into Android Wear 2.0.
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Basis has issued a recall for its Peak fitness tracker, due to the fact that the tracker was causing some users to get burned. Not only is the tracker being recalled, but syncing for the Peak will stop being supported after this year.
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The Huawei Watch has quite a few styles to choose from, and with a range of price tags. But the company is now expanding that lineup to include women with the Elegant and the Jewel models.
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It looks like LG has hit a brick wall trying to bring some useful G5 modules to market, especially since half of them won’t even see a global release. So what’s the next logical step? Get someone else to give you ideas!
That’s what I’m taking away from LG’s cordial invite for their developer event on April 15th. It’s technically an open invitation for developers to figure out how to make use of the hardware and software development kits to make their own modules for the phone.
There’s also a marketplace opening up for users to download apps and buy products for the modular G5 that are made by third-parties, which goes live on April 18th.
I don’t think third-party support here is a bad thing. It’s crucial for any developing hardware/software ecosystem, obviously, which is clear when you look at Google’s own app store, or Samsung’s SDK for their S-Pen or fingerprint scanner. The difference here is that LG hasn’t done anything to show off how cool these modules can be. We’ve gotten an extra battery, a camera button with a battery in it, and the DAC that’s likely never going to see the light of day in most countries where LG needs the help.
So if LG can’t think of any good uses for these modules, and they can’t practically release anything that is cool, what do they expect other people to do? And we aren’t talking about Apple or Samsung here, both of which can release any kind of platform and have users and developers flock to it because of the name brand. We’re talking about LG, who is struggling to maintain solid marketshare against other Android OEMs, with the G5 that’s not faring all that well against the mighty Galaxy S7.
This idea seems half-baked, like the modules themselves. Which sucks for the most innovative idea we’ve seen out of a smartphone this year.
SAN FRANCISCO, April 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — LG Electronics (LG) has opened up the new LG G5, inviting developers to reimagine the possibilities for the modular design smartphone and companion devices. At its fourth annual LG Developer Event, hosted on April 15 in San Francisco, attendees will learn how they can develop apps and hardware compatible with the award winning LG G5. In advance of the event, LG has also launched its new software development kit (SDK) and hardware development kit (HDK).
To help developers monetize the LG G5 companion devices they create, LG will soon be launching a new market place () as well. The online destination will further support developers, allowing them to sell their compatible products and content directly to consumers.
“The potential of the industry changing LG G5 and the concept of Friends are limitless. Now we want to give everyone a chance to apply their talent and imagination in developing their own apps and Friends for the LG G5,” said Dr. Ramchan Woo, Vice President, Smartphone Product Planning at LG Electronics. “We believe that by giving developers the same tools that inspired us from LG G5’s inception, we’re going to see innovations ranging from toys to medical tools to things we haven’t even thought of ourselves.”
The Friday evening event will be emceed by Mario Tapia – mobile industry pundit – and will include keynote presentations from LG executives involved in LG G5’s product development, SDK and HDK partners, technical demonstrations and breakout sessions. Developers will also learn how to create their own camera control apps for the new LG 360 CAM and LG 360 VR viewer and also learn more about Google’s Open Spherical Camera API.
Registration is now open on a first-come, first-serve basis. Marshmallow fans and Android developers rejoice – those in attendance will receive a sweet, picture-perfect surprise. To register and learn more about the event and LG’s Developer Program, please visit:.
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Earlier this month, BlackBerry pushed their March update containing all the latest security patches to the Priv smartphone. According to sources, some carrier units have begun receiving the update.
While unlocked BlackBerry Priv units received the update a few weeks ago, some carrier variants are just beginning to receive it now. Some users on AT&T and T-Mobile have reported the arrival of the update on their Priv smartphone. Unfortunately, both carriers are yet to speak out about what has been fixed with the update, but one can assume that most of which is posted on BlackBerry’s site will be included. This will be liked below the article.
The update contains no major release, therefore it shouldn’t take up too much space. However, we still recommend charging your device and connected to a nearby Wi-Fi network before beginning the installation process. BlackBerry has taken updates with all seriousness since they began their transition to the Android ecosystem, let’s just hope it continues.
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It often feels like there's a fundamental break in how Oculus and Valve see the future of VR: While Oculus' Rift focuses mostly on seated experiences, Valve wants you to stand up and walk around an area. However, the gap between the two won't be as l…
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Famed comedian and Broad City star Hannibal Buress reviewed virtual reality on the Samsung Gear VR. The comedian swam with dolphins, danced with rappers, watched the universe begin and had some fun with a few porn stars, all in virtual reality.
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If you do a lot of 3D printing and are worried about the fumes, you may want to read a new study from US and French researchers. It measured the amount of particles emitted by five 3D printers using nine different filament materials. The new research…
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News apps aren't anything new these days, but that's not stopping Microsoft from taking a shot. News Pro for iPhone and the web comes fresh out of the oven from Microsoft Garage, the company's experimental project group. Its goal? To make it easy for…
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A “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” characterized by unprecedented “developments in genetics, artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing, and biotechnology,” may soon be upon us, replacing five million jobs by 2020.
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